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._November 13, 1992 The Message --for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana Bishop's Forum By BISHOP GERALD A. GETTELFINGER W,. must maintain dnannels of communications 5 The 1992 Political Campaign is now history, l am thankful for that. The elections are complete too. I am less clear about my appreciation for those outcomes. One thing is certain, the results of the election are clear. We, citizens all, now must put aside differ- ences about who "would" make a good president since we have elected one. Now let us bond to- gether in unity behind the man who will be our new president. We do that for the good of our ountry. We are to give respect to our new presi- nt. He is to be our leader. He was duly elected according to our own rules. We must support him and our other civic leaders with our prayers. The youthfulness of our new president and vice-president serves to remind those of us who can remember the Second World,War that now the children born after it are to be in charge. The benchmarks have changed Never have those about to assume those awesome roles experienced the solidarity of our*country with its single- in.dedness we remember during the Second vvrld War. The pluralism in our country spawned from the freedom to differ will far a very long time be tied to the Vietnam War even more so than the Medical Arts Pharmacy 3700 Bellerneade Avenue Phone 477-I 532 J Donald Gutzweiler City-Wide Delivery 'DUncan's Riverside Pharmacy Prescription Service Orlgas r" Sundries'. Cosmetics gazmes. "We Deliver" Corner Riverside and Governor )le 422 9981 Stratman,s Pharmacy City-Wide Delivery 413 Locust Street John and Judy Stratman 425-5293 PAUL'S PHARMACY Paul Mayer, Owner 2107 W, Franklin St. 425-4364 ii Plaza Pharmacy Newburgh Plaza Shopping Center Fast Prescription Service Ken and Rebecca Hacker 853-7141 Oak Hill Pharmacy Prescription Specialists Hwy. 62 and N. 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The changes following Vatican Council II, and, later, the publication of Humanae Vitae, af- fected the life of the Church. A sense of solidarity gave way to deep differences of opinion. The call for a renewed vigor and dynamism shook up most everyone. Likes and dislikes of old and new, respectively, tended to be forged into lasting differences in the lives of many. These differences, some valid, some not so, have I LET US PRAY caused much pain and tension, indeed division, within the same one, holy, catholic and apos- tolic Church. Disagreements over practices and beliefs drove wedges between family members. Disillusionment caused many to leave the church. Add to the recipe a pound of materialism, a pound of consumerism and blend with a desire for instant gratification. Is it any wonder that we have in our midst a generation of young Catholics who do not understand us when we talk about the Church before Vatican II. Nor can we comprehend their understanding of a world without our experience. We do not have to look to the pluralism in civil society to know our work is cut out for us. We have so very much to do within our Church! We must maintain the channels of communica- lions between generations if we are to live in peace in our pluralistic world. When we quit talking to one another, we invite permanent division and irreconcilable separation. We cannot afford that. Please keep all of us bishops of the United States in your prayers as we begin our annual meeting in Washington, D.C. next Monday. We are wrestling with the same questions. II PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD Diocese of Evansville I II God of life and love, You sent Your Son to live among us. that we might know and love You, that we might serve and worship You as Your faithful people. Assist us in 1Mng holy lives as faithful disciples of Jesus, Your Son, so that Your presence may be known and felt in our midst, that others too may come to know and love You so they may begin to serve and worship You. Empower us with Your Spirit to use fully the many gifts You have given us. Increase our faith. Help us to see Your plan for the Church. As we look to the future, may our plans be faithful to Yours, so that we, the Church of Southwestern Indiana, may further Your kingdom through preaching and living Your gospel. All praise be Yours through Jesus Christ Our Lord! AMEN IIII I I II ZZ_00 Funeral Homes Four Conyenient Locations ZIEMER-SHEARS EAST CHAPEL 800S. HEBRON AVE, I II II t t BLOCK - CRUSH - CUBE WHOLESALE & RETAIL Ph. (812) 425-8191 GEORGE MOLL, Owner ii Uebelhor & Son Jasper, Ind|ana 1-800-937 USA1 Where Customers Send Their Friends I i tit i I DEWIG BR(JS. PACKING FRESH MEAT BEEF AND PORK HAUBSTADT, INDIANA iii i i I I lfl | ] III ....